Around the Globe
This season’s news and highlights
Emilia wins three Olivier Awards
Shakespeare’s Globe’s production of Emilia swept three Olivier Awards at the 2020 London Palladium ceremony. It was the second time that a Shakespeare’s Globe production has won the Noel Coward Award for Best Entertainment or Comedy Play, after Nell Gwyn back in 2016. Joanna Scotcher also won the award for Best Costume Design and Emma Laxton for Best Sound Design.
Written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, the play tells a robustly reimagined version of Emilia Bassano’s life and her role as the Dark Lady in Shakespeare’s sonnets – and originator of some of his best-known lines. It opened on the Globe Theatre stage before transferring to the Vaudeville last year, presented by Eleanor Lloyd, Kate Pakenham, Nica Burns and Eilene Davidson. This would not have been possible without the support of the Globe Patrons who invested in the production.
You can watch the Emilia online stream until 2 December 2020.
The gift of the Globe
As we approach Christmas in what has been a challenging and uncertain year, what better way to bring some festive cheer than to share all the benefits of being a Member with a loved one?
Gift memberships come with a range of benefits, from a 10% discount in the shop and the Swan restaurant to priority booking for the Globe Theatre and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse seasons.
There has never been a more important time to support the Globe, which as a charity receives no regular government subsidy. Each membership – which can also be upgraded to a Best Friend or Patron level for even greater benefits – helps us to continue bringing Shakespeare’s work to our audiences, and goes towards securing our future for many Christmases to come.
A dream ticket
Next spring sees the return of Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank, the Globe’s immensely popular project that gives school students in Birmingham and London access to Shakespeare’s plays. Each year thousands of pupils are given tickets to a play at the Globe, and that continues in March 2021 with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
For those seeking further inspiration there is also an abundance of teaching resources available online for a range of Shakespeare plays. And until the February half term, the 2019 production of Romeo and Juliet will be available to watch via the Globe’s YouTube channel or dedicated Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank webpage.
Sandi Toksvig and her team of festive helpers transformed the Globe Theatre into a Christmas paradise last year in the acclaimed production of Christmas at the Snow Globe, and this December Sandi returns for a triumphant second show.
The 2019 edition saw Toksvig and her team of eight, plus singers from the Fourth Choir, enrapture audiences at the wooden ‘o’ with carefully crafted jokes and a range of classic Christmas carol singalongs. This latest outing, which will run virtually from 21 December, with priority booking opening on 18 November, promises the same level of cheer and plenty of new material – making this an experience not to be missed.
Our next trio of virtual workshops begins this December led by Globe artist and practitioner Chris Nayak, live from the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse via Zoom. Further details can be found in the Members’ room and dates include Sunday 20 December, Sunday 17 January and Sunday 30 January.